QUESTION TEXT: There are 70 to 100 Florida panthers…
QUESTION TYPE: Must be True
FACTS: Florida panthers need a larger habitat for their population to grow. And their population is too small to sustain itself right now.
ANALYSIS: We need more panthers, or else the panther population can’t sustain itself. But their habitat won’t support any more panthers.
So the panthers need a larger habitat to have a chance of being self-sustaining. You could draw this as:
S ➞ 250 ➞ LH (sustaining – -> 250 ➞ larger habitat)
LH ➞ 250 ➞ S (contrapositive form)
- This is never mentioned. Maybe the panthers’ entire habitat is high quality, but they need more habitat.
- False reversal. I need food to live, but I won’t live simply because I have food. Likewise, the panthers might need something else to be self-sustaining, apart from higher numbers.
- CORRECT. Without more habitat, the panthers’ population will stay stuck at 70-100. That’s not enough to sustain them.
- The panthers might get a larger habitat somehow. Their forest might grow back, for example.
- We know there are more panthers than in the 1970’s. But their habitat might be the same size. Their population could have grown to the limits of their existing habitat.
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